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Hiding From Bullies refers to an exploitable image macro template created by webcomic artist dai.joubuhimself. In the comic, a person attempts to show something to a group of bullies and gets beat up. The following panels show people ready to present similar things, evidently scared that they'll also get beat up. In the exploitable meme variations, the people and the objects they are showing to the bullies are given different labels via object labeling.
On June 16th, 2020, webcomic artist dai.joubuhimself posted a comic in which a person labeled Rockstar Games is beaten up by bullies for attempting to show off a rerelease of Grand Theft Auto 5. Hiding behind a wall is a person labeled Bethesda worried they'll receive similar treatment for showing off Skyrim again. Next to him is an even more worried-looking person labeled EA holding a copy of FIFA. The comic gained over 130 likes on Instagram in two years (shown below).
On June 18th, 2020, the picture was reposted to /r/pcmasterrace by user esberat, where it gained over 40,000 points in roughly two years. Edits began appearing on Reddit shortly after. For example, on July 29th, Redditor JamesReverson posted an edit to /r/memes that gained over 7,900 points in two years (shown below, left). On August 1st, a now-deleted Reddit account posted a wholesome edit to /r/wholesomememes, gaining over 5,100 points in two years.
On August 17th, 2021, dai.joubuhimself posted a template of their comic. On October 16th, Redditor GeneralSalazar9 posted an example in /r/dankmemes that gained over 7,700 points in roughly eight months (shown below, left). On May 23rd, 2022, Redditor Comfortable_ad3150 posted a Smash variation to /r/smashbrosultimate, gaining over 50 points in 12 hours (shown below, right).
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